December 2017

Reverence and Relevance – First Sunday of Advent

2017-12-03T13:57:15+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Christianity, Faith, Paradox, Religion, Transformation|

My own spiritual discipline has been to challenge myself each year with an expanded understanding of the traditionalholidays, while maintaining a sense of reverence, even sentimentality to a small degree. One of the great paradoxes of navigating the landscape of religious holidays, ceremonies and traditions is dancing with reverence AND relevance at the same time. [...]

November 2017

Words I Don’t Want to Say Together: Active Shooter & Church

2017-11-10T20:40:35+00:00 Categories: Community, Disaster Recovery, Faith, Religion, Uncategorized|

It seems horrifying to imagine that the places we have used for worship, sanctuary, community, fellowship, love and connection, places that for millennia have helped define our own identity are now having to be prepared for violence and death. I can’t even believe I am having to write these words. It pains me to know [...]

August 2017

Spiritual Care During Times of Disaster

2017-09-13T15:38:23+00:00 Categories: Community, Faith, Greater Reality, Interconnected, Interfaith, Religion, Sacred Service|

First let me start by saying I hold all those who have been affected by the devastation from #Harvey in my heart - enfolding all life, including those providing the necessary life giving aid, care and comfort. I can’t begin to imagine the fear, anger and terror being experienced. I am watching from a distance [...]

April 2017

Jesus Speaks to the 12: Simon, Thaddeus and Judas

2017-04-12T20:51:21+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Community, God, Interfaith, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part 4 of a 4-part series leading up to Holy Thursday. Each day 3 disciples present at the Last Supper are highlighted. It is partially inspired by the Unity teaching of the Twelve Powers. Part 1 sets the context and Jesus speaks to Peter, Andrew and James. Part 2 is John, Phillip and Bartholomew. Part 3 [...]

Jesus Speaks to the 12: Thomas, Matthew and James son of Alphaeus

2017-04-12T20:50:37+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Community, God, Interfaith, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part 3 of a 4-part series leading up to Holy Thursday. Each day 3 disciples present at the Last Supper are highlighted. It is partially inspired by the Unity teaching of the Twelve Powers. Part 1 sets the context and Jesus speaks to Peter, Andrew and James. Part 2 is John, Phillip and Bartholomew. Jesus speaks [...]

Jesus Speaks to the 12: John, Phillip and Bartholomew

2017-04-12T20:49:57+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Community, God, Interfaith, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part 2 of a 4-part series leading up to Holy Thursday. Each day 3 disciples present at the Last Supper are highlighted. It is partially inspired by the Unity teaching of the Twelve Powers. Part 1 sets the context and Jesus speaks to Peter, Andrew and James. Jesus speaks to John I look at you, John, [...]

Jesus Speaks to the 12: Peter, Andrew, and James

2017-04-12T20:48:44+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Community, God, Interfaith, Jesus, Prayer, Religion, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Part 1 of a 4-part series leading up to Holy Thursday. Each day 3 disciples present at the Last Supper are highlighted. It is partially inspired by the Unity teaching of the Twelve Powers. I am sitting here imagining the last supper. It's 1st century Palestine, in a room with a simple, wooden, rectangle table where [...]

Palm Sunday: Which Procession Are You In?

2017-04-08T14:46:17+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Jesus, Religion, Self Reflection, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

One of the treasures in my life is the ability to lose myself in a song. Closing my eyes and allowing the words and music to play through me – to stop listening with my ears and listen with my heart. As the music washes over me, my mind relaxes, my breathing slows and I [...]

February 2017

Welcome to My World

2017-05-23T07:05:36+00:00 Categories: Community, Greater Reality, Interconnected, Interfaith, Prayer, Religion, Sacred Service|

On Sunday, February 24, 2017, I had the privilege to speak for a few minutes at the KC Interfaith Vigil for Immigrants and Refugees - in response to presidential orders being signed that were banning refugees and immigrants from entering the United States. As the Chair of the Greater Kansas Interfaith Council, I offered these words. [...]

December 2016

Advent Is Always Arriving

2017-03-01T16:48:03+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Consciousness, God, Jesus, Paradox, Religion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It seems as though we preachers are challenged to come up with new sermons every Sunday, and this can be especially tricky during the holidays. How many ways can we find to talk about Easter, Christmas, and Advent? I had a minister for many years who used to joke with me that he basically had [...]

December 2015

A Metaphysical Christmas from 1911 by Charles Fillmore

2017-03-01T16:47:46+00:00 Categories: Christianity, Religion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The following is an excerpt from a Christmas lesson by Charles Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, that I transcribed in order to share some of his ideas spoken and written more than a century ago. I did make a few very small edits for grammar, spelling and continuity of Fillmore's thoughts in sentence structures. Some of the [...]

Love Your Neighbor Like WHAT???

2017-03-01T16:47:47+00:00 Categories: Consciousness, Death & Dying, Greater Reality, Interconnected, News, Religion, Self Reflection, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

I just can’t take it anymore. I am soooo tired of this crap. And even those words fall short of the level of powerlessness alive in me. Millions of us who, like me, watch with horror, confusion, desperation and helplessness every time there is a mass shooting. This one in San Bernardino less than a [...]

October 2015

Remains of My Day

2017-03-01T16:47:47+00:00 Categories: Community, Consciousness, Greater Reality, Interfaith, Paradox, Religion, Sacred Service|

I just arrived in Salt Lake City for the 2015 Parliament of World’s Religions. There is an expectation of at least 10,000 people from around the world converging on this very diverse city nestled in the Rocky Mountains. That’s a boat load of people speaking over 100 different languages, and sharing as many faith expressions! [...]

February 2015

Giving Up God for Lent

2017-03-01T16:47:48+00:00 Categories: Christianity, God, Jesus, Religion|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Do not adjust your screen, yes, you read the title correctly - I’m giving up God for Lent. I know this may sound strange since I am a member of the clergy. Why on earth would someone who’s JOB is God give up God for Lent? It would be like watching a doctor ask the [...]

April 2014

The Never-Ending Story

2017-03-01T16:47:49+00:00 Categories: Beginnings, Christianity, Death & Dying, Evolution, God, Jesus, Religion, Transformation|Tags: , , , , , , |

Every year ministers, pastors, priests and the like spend time working on a talk for Easter Sunday, which seems like it wouldn’t be a big deal, right? I mean the story is already written, what’s to think about? Well for me, there is plenty to think about. Throughout my life Easter has evolved from the [...]

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